Mykki Blanco has shared their first single of 2022, ‘Family Ties’.
A collaboration with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, it’s the first new material since last year’s mini-album ‘Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep’.
‘Family Ties’ is the first taster of a new project, set to arrive later this year.
“‘Family Ties’ is the first song where I sonically found my voice and I mean that in a very literal way,” Mykki Blanco explains. “It’s the first song in my entire career where I am singing, I don’t rap. I wrote this song about the relationship between my ex-boyfriend and his father that has had bouts of mental illness. When the person you love is going through a situation that you can’t alter in any way, or help or be active in trying to correct it not only hurts them but it hurts you. I think the core meaning of this song is compassion in the face of helplessness.”
On working with Michael Stipe, they continue: “Falty DL and I took a shot at the moon – I sent him the song because it felt as if in some alternate universe Michael Stipe had already created it. His willingness to perform and be a part of this meant the world to me. I hope to just keep making good art and attracting meaningful circumstances and people that make this life and making music worthwhile. This on so many levels was one of those moments.”